Sew, I Learned a New Skill

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I LOVE to craft. And I LOVE to learn new things. Marry the two and viola!¬†I’m in Heaven *insert heart eyes emoji here*. I hope that soon, I won’t struggle with my energy levels. When I’m feeling better, I’d like to start exercising again…maybe take up running. For now, I work with what I’ve got, and what I’ve got is enough energy to for sedentary crafts. As my friend says, we hold the power to our own happiness, and for me, that means CRAFTS!! So I learned a new skill ūüôā

About 10 years ago, I learned how to knit and crochet. I love it. For those of you who knit and crochet already, check out Ravelry–it’s my favorite site for ideas and patterns. But my most recent new love is…SEWING.¬†Confession time: I have been wanting to learn how to sew since my early 20s. I would actually do needlepoint projects¬†of¬†quilts because I couldn’t sew.

I felt inspired to ask my one of my favorite craft stores if they offered sewing classes and now I’m learning from one of the best. In the past couple of decades, I attempted twice¬†to learn how to sew but it just didn’t click. Was it my teacher? Was it me? Probably a little of both. Sometimes, things don’t mix well together, like pickles and chocolate. However, my instructor now is amazing and we mix like chocolate chip cookie dough and ice cream.

I found out that I love to sew

Of course, that means that I bought anything and everything related to sewing: crafting table, notions, fabric, and of course, my beautiful sewing machine. I learned how to make a few simple projects under my excellent teacher’s watchful, patient eye. She turned me onto “3-seam pillowcases”. They are easy to make, which of course means I’ve made about 50 of them in the last 2 months. Right before Christmas, I found an awesome tutorial on how to make Christmas stockings. Check ’em out:

Since my stockings turned out so well, I thought I was Master of the Universe and able to make anything sewing-related I could find on the internet.¬†Wrong!!¬†Still, it doesn’t dissipate my newfound love for sewing. My imperfect projects just remind me that I’m learning and to continue my lessons.

It’s never too late to learn

I’m forty…er…-ish…and I firmly believe that it’s never too late to learn something new. I wish I could learn new language or musical instruments easily. I don’t, but crafting is something that¬†does¬†come easily to me. I love how it makes me¬†feel to create something new. I know my friends and family love being the recipients of my crafting creations.

So I would like to encourage you: if there’s a craft or skill you’d like to learn, DO IT!!! It’s never to late learn something new and wonderful. Nothing beats the feeling of creating something new and wonderful and then gifting it your friends, family, and even to yourself!

What’s the last new skill you learned? Do you love to sew? Share your experiences–or pics!!–in the comments below!

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